Old Wake Forest Road, before construction

Transit, Streets, and Sidewalks

Old Wake Forest Road and Dixie Forest Road Improvement Project

Improving mobility and connectivity for pedestrian, bicycle, and vehicular traffic

The proposed improvements consist of widening Old Wake Forest Road and Dixie Forest Road between Capital Boulevard and Spring Forest Road. Roadway improvements will include:

  • Curb and gutter;
  • An 8-foot wide sidewalks on one side of the roadway;
  • A 12-foot wide multi-use path on the other side;
  • Streetlights;
  • Landscaping; and,
  • A new railroad bridge.

    Project Details

     
    Type:
    Streets
    Budget:
    $13 Million
    Project Lead:
    Roadway Design & Construction
    Contractors:
    Wetherill Engineering, INC.

    Contact

     

    Grady McCollum, PE
    Project Manager
    919-996-3762

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    Lead Department:
    Engineering Services
    Participating Department:
    Transportation
    Service Unit:
    Roadway Design and Construction

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    Design

    We had an advanced design public touchpoint for the Old Wake Forest Road and Dixie Forest Road Improvement Project in early 2021.

    There is a brief presentation available that explains the project's goals, explains some of the project's challenges, and highlights some of the project's proposed features.

     

       

    Old Wake Forest and Dixie Forest Advanced Design - Roadway Design and Construction

    Lead Department:
    Engineering Services

    Right of Way Acquisition

    Updated Summer 2021

    We are in the Right of Way and Easement Acquisition phase of the Project.

    The design process is moving forward, and our design team is working towards the final designs. We are scheduled to complete design plans this fall and have a Pre-Construction Meeting in early 2022.

    Next Steps

     
    • Real estate negotiations will continue
    • Advertise for construction bids
    • Award construction contract 
    • Hold pre-construction touchpoint
    • Start construction
    Lead Department:
    Engineering Services

    Construction

    Phase details coming soon.

    Lead Department:
    Engineering Services

    Complete

    Phase details coming soon.

    Lead Department:
    Engineering Services

    Advanced Design

    We had an advanced Design public touchpoint in January of 2021. There was a brief presentation that is still available below that explains the project's goals, explains some of the project's challenges, and highlights some of the project's proposed features.

     

    Old Wake Forest and Dixie Forest Advanced Design - Roadway Design and Construction

    A rendering of what a typical section of Old Wake Forest Rd will look like after construction is complete.

    This typical section rendering depicts what Old Wake Forest Road will look like once construction is complete.

    Schedule

    Date Activity
    March 8, 2018 Preliminary Plans Public Meeting (25% plan)
    Nov. 2018 City Council Presentation
    Winter 2021 Advanced Design Public Touchpoint
    Winter 2021 City Council Presentation
    Fall 2021 Complete Right of Way and Easement Acquisition
    Late Fall 2021 Advertise for Construction Contract
    Winter 2022 Award Construction Contract
    Early Winter 2022 Pre-Construction Public Touchpoint
    Winter 2022 Start Construction
    Winter 2023 Project Complete

    Project History

    The original Old Wake Forest Road and Dixie Forest Road widening project design was originally presented to the public on March 8, 2018. This design was then presented to the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Council (BPAC), who showed concern with the on-road bike lanes in an area with significant traffic and a 45 mile per hour speed limit. After consulting with the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee and the Raleigh City Council, a new design was proposed for the corridor.

    The improved design removes the five-foot-wide bicycle lanes from the roadway and widens the Multi Use Path (MUP) and sidewalks on both sides of the roadway. This new design will give cyclists and pedestrians, as well as vehicles, a safer user experience and will reduce the overall impacts of the project.

    The process of developing the new design alternatives, getting the proposed design approved by council, and redeveloping the design drawings has delayed the overall project schedule. The updated schedule can be found below.

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